Dick Grayson, the first Robin, and that of Bruce Wayne Batman receive a brand new three-issue mini-series starting in November titled Robin and batman. The series will reveal how Dick came to be the hero he is today alongside Batman. DC has shared a new look at the cover of Issue 3, and it seems to hint at Batman taking a heck of a loss, mirroring Robin’s famous artwork death from A death in the family.
While many people have woven their way through Robin’s legacy, none have had as big an impact as the original, Dick Grayson. Considered by many to be comics’ best sidekick, Dick stayed with Batman until 1984, only to move on and become his own hero, Nightwing. The split created a long-lasting tension between him and Batman, with Dick ultimately returning to Bruce’s side not as a sidekick, but rather as a partner. The New 52 re-explored Dick’s time as the Amazing Boy to some extent, but it’s been five years since there was a Dick-centric Robin story.
Robin and Batman, written by Jeff Lemire with art by Dustin Nguyen, explores the beginning of Dick Grayson’s crime-fighting career. It will be in prestige format, offering 40-page issues, allowing plenty of detail on the first year of Robin’s heroic journey. The series will show how Bruce helps a young Dick overcome the trauma of losing his parents and survive in a cruel world. He will follow the relationship between their partnership as crime fighters, but also how the two become a family, father and son. Take advantage of Nguyen’s coverage and DC solicitation information for the issue below:
- ROBIN & BATMAN # 3
- Written by JEFF LEMIRE
- Art and cover by DUSTIN NGUYEN
- Variant cover by RAFAEL ALBUQUERQUE
- US $ 5.99 | 40 pages | 3 of 3 | Prestige
- ON SALE 1/11/22
- To reconcile his trauma and move towards an optimistic future, Dick Grayson must first confront his tragic past. Unfortunately, this stage includes a confrontation with an enraged Killer Croc, who searches for Grayson’s blood! This action-packed issue concludes the epic story of a young man who learns to live and love in a nightmarish world.
The newly revealed cover looks absolutely stunning and offers an interesting twist on the death of the second Robin, reversing the poses of Batman and Jason Todd in iconic Jim Aparo art from Death in the family. Issue 3 will be an action-packed conclusion to the series that promises a showdown with a rabid Killer Croc. While it may appear that the cover involves Batman’s death at the hands of Killer Croc, it’s more likely a figurative portrayal of how Dick will have to prove himself without Batman’s help. It’s possible that Batman could be taken out of service, leaving Dick to solve his problems on his own for the first time as Robin. Fans will have to wait until January 11, 2022 to find out exactly what the cover means.
While this story of Dick’s origin has been told over and over, this latest iteration could very well be one of the best, with Eisner’s talented winning team behind it. Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen have previously worked together on Descending and Ascender with Image Comics, with Nguyen receiving an Eisner Award on Descending for the best painter / multimedia artist. Lemire also won an Eisner on Black hammer for Best New Series, and has previous experience with superheroes who wrote Animal Man, Green arrow, Super Boy, and Teen Titans: Earth One. Robin and batman # 1 is available on November 9, 2021.
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